Royal Ontario Museum Blog

Monthly Archive: December

Photographer thoughts: A conversation with Mark Peck

Posted: January 26, 2016 - 17:38 , by Stacey Kerr
An adult blue jay rests on a branch in the winter season in Ontario. Photo by Mark Peck

Guest Blog written by Environmental Visual Communication student Fatima Ali

In spite of his “im-peck-able” career as an ornithology technician in the Department of Natural History at the ROM, Mark Peck is also a world traveller and an avid natural history photographer with a special interest in breeding and nesting birds. Fatima interviewed Mark to get his thoughts on what it is that drives his passion for photographing birds and other wildlife.

#EmptyROM 3!

Posted: January 19, 2016 - 14:26 , by Ryan Dodge
Categories: 
| Comments (4) | Comment
Photo of Roman Portrait Busts on level 3 at the Royal Ontario Museum

Instagram whiz? Join us on Feb. 24th for oue next #EmptyROM tour!

Beneath the Surface: Photographing at the Edge of Imagination

Posted: January 6, 2016 - 17:54 , by Stacey Kerr
“Turtle Flight” is David Doubilet’s finalist photograph in the 2015 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition at the ROM.

Guest Blog written by Environmental Visual Communication student Samantha Phillips

In search of guidance from the master of photographing moments himself, EVC student Samantha Phillips called David Doubilet and his partner Jennifer Hayes, renowned photographers whose work can often be found among the pages of National Geographic Magazine to ask them about their work. Their perspective is filled with insights and stories that Sammy was thrilled to share in this guest blog post.

Highlights of 2015

Posted: December 29, 2015 - 10:10 , by Mark Engstrom
Categories: 
None | Comments (0) | Comment
Infographic displaying statistics about the ROM in 2015

Mark Engstrom, ROM Interim Director and CEO, celebrates this year's award-winning exhibitions and research.

The Ofrenda: Stunning Mexican altar on display at the ROM this holiday season

Posted: December 26, 2015 - 10:00 , by Sascha Priewe
Categories: 
| Comments (1) | Comment
The ofrenda in all its glory with Arturo Estrada Hernández (left) and its creator Sergio Alejandro Hernández Martínez (right) in the ROM’s Roloff Beny Gallery on Level 4.

by Sascha Priewe and Chloë Sayer

Fits like a Space Glove

Posted: December 24, 2015 - 09:39 , by Nadine Adelaar
Categories: 
| Comments (0) | Comment
Orlan space gloves from Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield's collection.

Canadian Space Agency Chris Hadfield talks to us about the challenges of working with your hands in space.

REX Is Coming to Town

Posted: December 23, 2015 - 10:37 , by Nadine Adelaar
Categories: 
| Comments (0) | Comment
Photo of Rex Rover, a Martian rover prototype

The ROM is a hotbed of Martian activity – along with our expansive collection of meteorites from Mars (out of only ~100 samples known on earth, we have pieces of 22 of them!), over the holidays we will play host to REX, a Mars rover prototype. REX (short for Robot EXplorer) is one of nine rovers developed by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), in collaboration with over 40 Canadian companies and universities, for testing lunar and planetary vehicular tools.

Blue Whale Update: From Trenton with Love

Posted: December 22, 2015 - 11:25 , by Stacey Kerr
It took a team of seven people to lift the blue whale heart enough to finish wrapping it. Photo by Stacey Lee Kerr

It’s that time of year where many of us are pretty focused on the holidays. Spending time with family and friends, baking and eating loads of treats, and - let’s be honest - the gifts. Finding them, buying them, wrapping them, and getting them to where they need to go, whether the destination is under the Christmas tree, or to be mailed to relatives somewhere else around the world.

So, given that everybody’s in this present-logistics state of mind, we have a gift-wrapping question for you… how do you ship a blue whale heart?

2015 Social Media Year in Review

Posted: December 21, 2015 - 13:13 , by Ryan Dodge
Categories: 
| Comments (0) | Comment
The Royal Ontario Museum in the foreground with Toronto skyline and CN Tower in the background

A look back at the ROM's social media activities in 2015

Burgess Shale fossil site reveals oldest evidence of brood care

Posted: December 17, 2015 - 12:00 , by David McKay
Categories: 
| Comments (1) | Comment
Illustration of Waptia carrying eggs or juveniles.

Waptia fieldensis research shows parenting has a long history (508 million years)

Brood care, where the adult carries its eggs or juveniles to help increase their survival, was an important evolutionary step. However, little is known about how and when this strategy began.